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Home to beloved animated films, Disney Animation combines fine artistry with masterful storytelling. Drawing inspiration from childhood memories, and love for certain characters and moments, four Disney animators pay tribute to that rich legacy with this exclusive handcrafted ornament series.
A NEW LIMITED-RELEASE ornament will be revealed and available each month, so check back often to collect them all!
Eric Goldberg Series
A longtime veteran of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Eric Goldberg is noted for his work as lead animator for such memorable Disney characters as the genie in Disney's Aladdin and Phil in Disney's Hercules, as well as for his co-direction of Disney Pocahontas. Today, Goldberg is recognized for his ability to instill a sense of lively energy and personality into Disney characters, as seen in his interpretation of Aladdin for the Disney Animator's Collection.
AUG. 2015
The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad
The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad
Goldberg's design for this ornament sprang from his love of beautiful animation, and his appreciation for the fact that even someone as awkward as Ichabod Crane could dance so gracefully and elegantly. He wanted to capture the joy of this moment in an ornament for the season.
SEPT. 2015
According to Goldberg, "Nothing struck me funnier than to have little grouchy Phil (the legendary and long suffering trainer of heroes) standing his ground refusing to have a great holiday. He's the original 'Bah Humbug' from Ancient Greece!"
OCT. 2015
Rhapsody in Blue
Fantasia 2000
Goldberg describes the Rhapsody in Blue segment of Fantasia/2000 as one of his favorite assignments at Disney. He particularly liked the way the story (and music) focuses on a variety of characters as they follow their respective dreams. Goldberg carried the same appropriate and timely holiday wish fulfillment theme into his design for this ornament.
Bert Klein Series
Bert Klein began his association with Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1993 as an animator trainee on The Lion King, and has gone on to be a key animator on some of the Studio's most popular features including such recent hits as Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Big Hero 6. His other Disney animation credits include Pocahontas, Hercules, Trazan, Mulan, Fantasia 2000, The Emperor's New Groove, The Princess and the Frog and Winnie the Pooh. His credits also include the acclaimed Disney animated shorts Get a Horse, Feast and the upcoming Frozen Fever. Klein lives in Southern California with his wife jennifer and their two children - Emily and Aaron.
NOV. 2015
Cheshire Cat
Alice in Wonderland
For the Cheshire Cat ornament, Klein set out to capture the wild and fun expressions of this whimsical and wacky character originally animated in Alice in Wonderland by Disney greats. He wanted to bring the same joy and energy of the film's delightful character to his creation.
DEC. 2015
In creating this Frozen ornament, Klein drew from his own experiences animating Olaf (particularly the moment where Olaf melts and is brought back together by Queen Elsa's magic), as well as from his memories of that iconic scene in the Disney version of Cinderella where the title character gets her ball gown from the Fairy Godmother.
JAN. 2016
Dopey and Sneezy
Snow White
In creating the Snow White Christmas ornament, Klein wanted to pay tribute to the work of a legendary Disney animator that helped to define the Studio's unique style of character animation with such characters as Dopey and Sneezy. This animation of the Dwarfs was a great childhood memory for Klein, and an inspiration for this piece.
Hyun Min Lee Series
Hyun-Min Lee (Character Animator) contributes to both visual development work and character animation. Lee began her association with Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2007 when she was accepted into the talent development program. She went on to her first animation assignment on Disney's 2009 Oscar®-nominated feature, The Princess and the Frog, and subsequently worked on such popular animated films as Winnie the Pooh, Wreck-It Ralph, the Oscar®-winning animated short, Paperman, and feature Frozen.
FEB. 2016
Robin Hood
Robin Hood was the first Disney Feature I ever saw. I remember enjoying watching the characters so much, that every time we went back to return it to the video store, I wanted to immediately rent it out again. Finally, my mom had to tell me that there were other films just like this one, and that I should try watching the other ones too, and I went, There are MORE films like this??? I got to watch all the Disney films following that, but I never forgot that Robin Hood was my introduction into the Disney world!
MAR. 2016
In The Bag
The 1956 Disney short, In the Bag starring park ranger J. Audubon Woodlore and an amiable-but-always hungry bear named Humphrey, was the theme for this delightful ornament. Lee loved the way this film always brought a smile to her face, and reminded her of the joy of animating characters and situations with lots of humor. This ornament reflects her admiration for the film's appealing characters and fun animation.
APR. 2016
The Princess and the Frog
This film was Lee's first assignment for Disney, and it represented a dream come true for the animator. Working on the character of Louis, the hip, jazz-loving alligator, under the supervision of legendary Disney artist, Eric Goldberg, gave Lee one of her juiciest roles and a chance to lend a hand in creating one of the Studio's most appealing and entertaining characters. Those lessons and experiences earned this film a special place in her heart, and inspired her work on this ornament.
Mark Henn Series
A veteran of Walt Disney Animation Studios for over 30 years, Mark Henn has risen through the ranks to become one of the industry's most respected artists. Henn was inspired to become an animator after seeing the Disney classic Cinderella and upon joining the company trained under a team of legendary animators. Since then, Henn has created some of Disney's most beloved princesses, including Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin's Jasmine, and the free-spirited and irrepressible heroine Mulan. His most recent contribution to the legacy of Disney Princess was animating Tiana, from The Princess and the Frog.
MAY. 2016
Winnie the Pooh
One of my favorite scenes I animated in the film, was Pooh walking out on the new paragraph. He asks if there is any honey in the paragraph. No says the narrator. Leaving Pooh disappointed.
JUN. 2016
Lady and the Trump
My wife and I watched Lady and the tramp on our first date. It has been special ever since.
JUL. 2016
This was the first Disney feature I remember seeing. Truly, I've had my dreams come true getting the chance to Be a Disney animator.